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Stalking suspect arrested after scuffle.

Byline: Chelsea Deffenbacher The Register-Guard

A 46-year-old Eugene man was arrested Saturday night for allegedly stalking a woman at the Lane County Home and Garden show, held at the fairgrounds over the weekend.

A bystander had to help hold down Steven Francis Klopfenstein as Eugene police officers struggled to take him into custody.

Klopfenstein eventually was arrested and taken to the Lane County Jail on charges of stalking, interfering with a peace officer and resisting arrest. He also was served with an outstanding arrest warrant for telephonic harassment.

The incident started just after 8 p.m. Saturday, when Klopfenstein was reported to be following a woman. As Eugene police responded, Klopfenstein threw a beverage in a police officer's face and tried to run away, police said.

Police caught up to Klopfenstein but he allegedly refused to follow directions and fought with the officer, as well as a second officer who had arrived to help.

Klopfenstein continued to resist and fight with the officers as they tried to handcuff him, police said. They eventually used a Taser, but it reportedly was unsuccessful in subduing him.

A bystander held down Klopfenstein's legs until officers were able to get him under control, police said.

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Title Annotation:Crime
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jan 24, 2018
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